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St James residents agree with State of Emergency

Friday, January 19, 2018

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday declared a state of public emergency for the parish of St James, which recorded 335 murders last year. The Jamaica Observer walked the streets of the parish to get the views of Jamaicans on the Government's latest effort to combat crime. We asked the question: Do you agree with the limited State of Emergency that is taking place in St James? Here are the responses:

Yvonnette Wright, hairstylist: I totally agree. This will help to protect the tourists as many are afraid to come to Jamaica when they read the news. (Photos: Philip Lemonte)

Trisell Barrett, front office representative: I think this is an excellent move on the Government's part. The escalating crime rate does not speak positively for the country. It look like we are in war against each other. Great move; the violence must stop.

Margaret Wright, newspaper vendor: It’s a good thing; I totally agree with it. This will help to cut down the crime rate in the parish.

Louie Campbell, self employed: Yeah man I agree with it. That good; too many crime and killing over nothing and it is not everyone who are victims are involved. And no gun factory is here.

Herbert Bell, self employed: Yes I agree with it; too many guns are firing around the city and it need to stop now. This is a very good move.

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